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Sears Craftsman Evolv Air Compressor/Pneumatic Nailer Good but Doesn't Hold Up to Heavy Use
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Craftsman Pancake Nailer Kit Craftsman's Evolv Nailer Kit comes with a 3-gallon compressor which is a very useful in the shop, but probably won't hold up to commercial use.

This is a consumer-grade package, and I don’t know how long and hard you can use it. I wouldn’t expect to use the compressor with any construction nailers. But, as of 2011, it’s the lowest priced unit by far — just $80. Though Sears markets a full range of air compressors and pneumatic nailers and other tools, this is the company’s only compressor-nailer package.

Overall, the 3-gallon compressor’s design is tidy. All the controls, including the power switch, are visible at a glance. Even the icons labeling the two pressure gauges are instantly understandable. The noise of charging is bearable. There’s a cord wrap and even a little widgets bin with a lid atop the unit. At 100 PSI (pounds per square inch) max, the power is wanting, though it is rated at 0.6 CFM (cubic feet per minute) at 90 PSI.

The brad nailer is adequate. With a sleek design, it takes the full range of brad lengths. I’d like it better if the safety didn’t block your view of exact brad placement, and if its tip were cushioned. I’d also prefer tool-free jam clearance, but you have to keep in mind that you aren’t spending much for this unit.

The product box also contained a blow gun and inflation needle, a tire chuck, a male coupler, and a roll of Teflon® tape. The blow gun is especially useful in the shop.

posted on June 1, 2011 by Bill Hylton
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